The Cape Cod Children’s Museum transformed Willowbend Country Club into ‘Candy Land’ for the museum’s Annual Gala on Saturday, April 9th. The sweet-themed event, sponsored by the Lyndon Paul Lorusso Charitable Foundation featured an extensive array of silent auction items, an entertaining prize wheel raffle, and live “Sweet Sound of Music” fund-a-need auction to support the renovation of the museum’s music room exhibit.
As stated in the gala program, “In addition to evoking joy, music ignites all areas of child development: intellectual, social and emotional, motor, language, and overall literacy. It helps the body and mind work together and…helps children learn the sounds and meanings of words.” Museum Executive Director, Barbara Cotton said, “The Cape Cod Children’s Museum is a valuable resource to the children and families of Cape Cod which provides a stimulating environment that promotes meaningful play. Children learn through play and it is our goal to foster creativity, imagination and inspiration for children and their families to engage with each other.” Music is universally essential and the museum’s exhibit renovation plan aims to provide new and unique ways for visitors to discover and create experiences with music.
Thanks to generous contributions from gala attendees, nearly $15,000 was raised during the event that will directly fund redesigning and rebuilding the music room. The “Sweet Sound of Music” campaign is underway at the Cape Cod Children’s Museum and online at www.CapeCodChildrensMuseum.org. Supporters can sponsor a musical note with their family or business name that will be displayed as part of the new exhibit set to open later this summer.
2016 Rising Star Award
This year’s Rising Star Award recognized not just one individual, but an individual and the children in her care. Kathleen Rooney, owner and operator of It’s A Special Day Child Care and Preschool in Forestdale, MA was honored as the Cape Cod Children’s Museum 2016 Rising Star. Representative David Vieira was in attendance at the gala to present Ms. Rooney with an official citation from the State of Massachusetts in honor of this recognition. Rooney brings her group of preschoolers to the Cape Cod Children’s Museum one day each week as an extension of her STEM based classroom. She explains that these excursions benefit pro-social behavior, interaction with different adults and kids of various ages, and encourage appreciation of community. “The kids let out a cheer when we pull into the parking lot at the Children’s Museum and I know from the moment we walk in the door that they are in a safe, supportive learning environment,” said Rooney.